James Ackley

James Ackley's Biography

Andes International Artist trumpet soloist, James Ackley, has appeared throughout North, Central and South America, the European Union, and Asia. James joined the University of South Carolina's School of Music as Associate Professor of Trumpet in the fall of 2007. He received his Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace University and his Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His former teachers include Michael Sachs, James Darling, Eugene Blee, Mary Squire, and David Zauder. James is the founder and Executive Director of the International Trumpet Camp in Montemorelos, Mexico. He has performed with numerous orchestras such as the Bogotá Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Charleston Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, American Ballet Orchestra, Akron Symphony, and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few.

James has served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, the National University of Colombia, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Youngstown State University. His diverse musical background as been accentuated with performances alongside musicians such as Eddie Martinez, Plácido Domingo, Eddie Temporal, Fito Páez, Zubin Mehta, Enrique Patrón de Rueda, Francisco Rettig, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Bernstein, Eduardo Diazmuñoz, and Jahja Ling. James has recorded with prominent Latin American orchestras and for numerous television, radio, and movie scores. His arrangements of brass quintets and trumpet solos are published under the editorial visage of Cimarron Music Press. He has several critically acclaimed solo and group recordings including New American Music for Trumpet, Recital Music for Trumpet, Lirico Latino: Songs for Solo Trumpet, Bala Brass: Revealed, Tromba Mundi: Music for Trumpet Ensemble, and two operas for trumpet, .Gabriel and Plastic. His book, A Systematic Approach to Flexibility for Trumpet, is published under Mountain Peak Music.

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